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Priyanka Chopra's comment on Sikkim shows how we see Northeast as one block

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Priyanka Chopra has been working in, producing and generally associating herself with significant cinema, whether of Indian origin or of foreign make. She's produced Pahuna, a film based on two kids in Sikkim, and tells a story of refugee crisis from children's point of view, according to reports. At the Toronto International Film Festival, where Pahuna was screened, Chopra was heard saying that "Sikkim is troubled with insurgency". As a result, PeeCee is being trolled online.

"You dense, ignorant imbecile," screamed a tweet from a hurt citizen of India, because, as it happens, Sikkim, Doklam crisis notwithstanding, remains one of India's most peaceful state. Tiny and pristine, it's known to be a tourist attraction, and not a site of conflict, internal or external. Yes, the skirmish with China over Doklam trijunction made global headlines for over 70 days, but ordinary people of Sikkim weren't perturbed in the least. In fact, the hurly burly of Indian and Chinese media descending on Doklam for the coverage, perhaps, made curious Sikkim denizens look up the crisis on Google at their internet cafes.

If global ambassadors like Priyanka Chopra are unable to tell the history of the regions they are minting to make supposedly meaningful cinema, what hope is there for ordinary Indians?

But Chopra spoke of "insurgency troubled Sikkim" at a global film festival, a prestigious one at that, while promoting her film based on Sikkim. How is it that she is completely off the mark on one of India's most peaceful state? Or, is it that she has........

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